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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I'm 6' 220, and wear an XXL in pretty much everything. I have never found one jacket that will work in both mildly cold weather and freezing weather, so I have 2. One is a Joe Rocket Phoenix 4.0 mesh jacket with a zip out liner that works fairly well down to about 50 degreesF. Below that it's not enough. For colder temps I have an old but not very worn CHP leather jacket. I bought it used. It weighs about 50 pounds, but can be used in pretty much any temp you could ride in. I also have a complete snowmobile suit I bought used.
The problem is, all of these things are VERY heavy and very bulky, and there is no room to carry them on the bike. I often start off riding down in the Phoenix valley, with very moderate temperatures, then ride up into the mountains where it gets into the 30s. Since it is impossible to take 2 outfits, I have to wear the heaviest one I'll need, even though it is too much for the first and last parts of the ride.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike